Omar!’s review published on Letterboxd:
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Hollywood and Sharon Tate.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is not like other Tarantino movies. It is funnier than his other movies. It’s almost comedy-driven instead of focusing on action. Oh and it’s not about revenge!
This is probably my second favorite of his filmography because of how close it is to my favorite, Inglorious Basterds.
Tarantino takes his time showing and building the setting of 1969’s Hollywood and it shows his love for this period.
Brad Pitt is amazing in this! Tarantino really brings out the best out of him. He’s hilarious and his chemistry with Leo DiCaprio is great.
I love how Tarantino decided to handle Sharon Tate’s story. Her scene in the cinema was lovely!
Tarantino loves long sequences that are almost unrelated to the plot of the movie. Almost like short films inside his long film. I loved them here. My favorite being Rick Dalton shooting his movie. It showed a lot of Leo’s acting skills and it was very enjoyable. All his scenes with the little girl were amazing I could watch a whole movie about her character!
I also loved the choices in music.
Knowing that the Mansons are a part of this film adds an element of tension in some scenes, like Cliff at the ranch, but I think it could’ve been done better. Charles Manson seemed too far in the background of the movie to have any direct effect in most parts of the movie.
Side note: I noticed that one of the Italian directors mentioned in this movie is Antonio Marghretti. That’s one of the fake names given to Brad Pitt’s crew in Inglorious Basterds.